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G-7 joins EU on $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil

Dec. 02, 2022 18:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Group of Seven nations and Australia joined the European Union on Friday in adopting a $60-per-barrel price cap on Russian oil, a key step as Western sanctions aim to reorder the global oil market to prevent price spikes and starve President Vladimir Putin of funding for his...

Russia rejects pullout from Ukraine as condition for talks

Dec. 02, 2022 10:39 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia said Friday that Western demands it should pull out completely from Ukraine as part of any future talks to end the war effectively rule out any such negotiations, as Russian strikes continued and a Ukrainian official set his country's battle losses at up to 13,000...

Russian shelling cuts off power again in liberated Kherson

Dec. 01, 2022 13:28 PM EST

KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling cut off power in much of the recently liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson on Thursday, just days after it was restored amid Moscow's ongoing drive to destroy key civilian infrastructure as freezing weather sets in. In Kyiv, Mayor Vitali...

EU seeks specialized court to investigate Russia war crimes

Nov. 30, 2022 16:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union proposed Wednesday to set up a U.N.-backed court to investigate possible war crimes Russia committed in Ukraine, and to use frozen Russian assets to rebuild the war-torn country. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said in a video...

Russia's Gazprom threatens Europe gas cuts through Ukraine

Nov. 22, 2022 13:05 PM EST

Russian energy giant Gazprom has threatened to reduce natural gas supplies through the last pipeline heading to Europe via Ukraine, saying the amount it's supplying for Moldova is not ending up in the former Soviet republic. Gazprom says the gas company of Europe's poorest country,...

Leaders quietly work to ramp up pressure on N. Korea at G-20

Nov. 15, 2022 20:54 PM EST

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — With all the big issues dominating this week’s meeting of leaders of the world’s biggest economies — war, famine, poverty, to name just a few — there’s been little public discussion of North Korea and its pursuit of nuclear-armed missiles. ...

Moldova anti-govt protesters return amid energy crisis

Nov. 13, 2022 14:31 PM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Thousands of anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Moldova’s capital Sunday to express their dismay over alleged government failings amid an acute winter energy crisis and skyrocketing inflation. The protesters converged in the capital,...

EU pledges $250M to Moldova to tackle acute energy crisis

Nov. 10, 2022 06:29 AM EST

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen paid an official visit to Moldova Thursday, where she announced a 250 million-euro (-dollar) support package to help the small nation overcome an acute winter energy crisis amid Russia’s war in Ukraine. ...

Italy's far-right leader visits EU: "We are not Martians"

Nov. 03, 2022 17:00 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — New far-right Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni used her first visit to European Union headquarters in Brussels Thursday to declare that Italy will be a force to reckon with in EU affairs, leaving it unclear whether that was a promise or a threat from one of the bloc's powerful...

Germany urges western Balkan leaders to resolve conflicts

Nov. 03, 2022 11:01 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday told leaders of six Balkan countries that aspire to join the European Union that “it is high time to overcome regional conflicts" and stand together as Russia wages war in Ukraine. Leaders from Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia,...